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Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray met with a foot specialist who recommended the prospect will not need toe surgery, according to Ian Rapoport.

This is big news for Ray, who recently returned for a medical re-check which found the toe had not healed as much as hoped. The injury was described "like turf toe." Per Rapoport, it was discovered during a team visit. "Thought surgery was his reality. Instead, simply rest," Rapoport said of ray.
Apr 23 - 2:36 PM

Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray will likely need foot surgery for the injury that kept him out of the Combine, according to Lance Zierlein.

Ray injured his toe during the school's bowl game and the Combine medicals kept him out of participating. PFT's Mike Ryan recently passed along word that Ray's toe showed up again on medical re-checks last weekend and it has not healed as much as hoped. "I'm hearing more and more concerns about his foot and I think he ends up sliding," Zierlein tweeted. An end of the first-round to second-round selection is absolutely possible.
Apr 23 - 9:19 AM

Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo, Football Outsiders and an analytics director all told ESPN's Mike Sando that Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray was "ranked too high based on several factors."

Ray did acquit himself well in College Football Focus' scouting, but Palazzolo indicated his lack of agility hurts projections. "There are concerns with him translating like Vic Beasley and [Dante] Fowler, who we see as better," he said. FO's SackSEER projection pegged Ray as higher-risk prospect than Fowler and hauntingly compared him to Vernon Gholston (Ray finished his college career with only one pass defensed). Football Outsiders also hated Ray's 7.7-second time in the 3-cone drill, 12th-worst in SackSeer's data.
Apr 20 - 9:31 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay "love[s]" Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray's "quick first step, his active hands to keep blockers off his frame, and his non-stop motor."

"But there is some concern regarding his position fit," McShay wrote. "As a 4-3 defensive end, he lacks ideal size and plays the run with a narrow base. But as a 3-4 OLB, he lacks experience in a two-point stance and he's very stiff in coverage. The team that drafts him will get the most out of his skill set, but it might not be the most natural fit." Ray was considered a top-10 lock coming into the winter, but his stock has dropped a bit since then due to sluggish testing times and a nagging injury. Nobody questions his effort, though. ESPN's Steve Muench compares Ray to Jerry Hughes.
Apr 17 - 11:28 PM

NFL Media calls Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray one of this draft processes' biggest losers.

"After not being cleared to run at the combine due to a to injury, Ray posted slower than expected times in the shuttle and 40-yard dash at the Missouri pro day," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "He showed a lack of flexibility and had some issues in coverage during linebacker drills, so it wasn't hard to see why Ray's stock took a hit." Colleague Mike Mayock attended the workout and panned Ray's performance, ultimately dropping the Tiger product from No. 2 to 5 in his edge rusher rankings.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 15 - 7:12 PM

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora postulates that the Bears will go edge rusher at No. 7.

"I'm going to go with the scouts' take that Vic Beasley is more of a 3-4 guy and I see John Fox looking for someone who slides maybe easier into a 4-3 and can get after the quarterback," he wrote, slotting Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray to Chicago. While he isn't convinced Ray is the guy, La Canfora is pretty confident the team will take an edge rusher if it stays in the No. 7 slot. "This almost has to be a pass rusher to me," he wrote. "It's imperative with Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford and now Teddy Bridgewater in the division. And this defense has been horrific the past few years and devoid of anything to scare opposing quarterbacks. You could certainly make the case for a corner, too, (or a defensive tackle or a pretty much anything on that side of the ball), but a disruptive force off the edge carries the day for me here."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 6:48 PM

Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray has a private workout with the Tennessee Titans on Monday, and a team visit with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday, according to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

Both the Titans (No.2 pick) and Jaguars (No.3 pick) could both use a pass rusher off the edge, but that may be a little too high to select the Missouri pass rusher. Both teams could be doing their due diligence, and perhaps both teams would be open to trading back come draft time. The 6-foot-3, 249-pound Ray gets knocked for his size as a full-time defensive end, but does project best as a OLB.
Apr 6 - 2:06 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench compares Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray to Jerry Hughes.

"Both are undersized upfield players who run well, have outstanding instincts and are relentless chasing the football," he wrote. Based on numbers, Sharon Katz of the Stats & Information Group compares Ray to Jarvis Jones, Von Miller, Bruce Irvin and Jerod Mayo. "Measuring in at a shade under 6-3 to go with a 245-pound frame and 33-inch arms, Ray is a close physical match with all four players listed above (based on their combine measurements)," she wrote. "Ray did not work out at the combine, but based on his pro day, he has the speed (mid-4.5 40) and explosiveness (33-inch vertical jump) that rivals Irvin (4.5, 33.5), Miller (4.53, 37) and Mayo (4.54, 32)."
Apr 5 - 10:27 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray "might be the best fit for coach Todd Bowles' scheme," and has him landing with the New York Jets at No. 6 in his latest mock draft.

"All 32 NFL teams could use more pass rush help and the Jets are no exception. Ray might be the best fit for coach Todd Bowles' scheme with his first-step quickness to threaten the pocket and improvement as a run defender," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-3, 249-pound Ray has already scheduled a pre-draft visit with the New York Jets. The Mizzou prospect recorded 14.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for a loss, to earn SEC defensive player of the year honors in his first year as a starter.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 1 - 2:36 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes Missouri DE Markus Golden is a better fit at DE than OLB at the next level.

"Watched Mizzou DE Markus Golden and love how he plays with effort, and passion. Many see him as an OLB candidate, I like him best at DE," Davis tweeted. The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Golden's lack of ideal size, short arms, and tightness in the hips could limit him in a 3-4 scheme. However, Golden has a high motor, possesses good instincts, and has the ability to the set the edge. The Missouri prospect has recorded 33 TFLs and 16.5 sacks over the past two years.
Mar 24 - 5:46 PM

Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray has "the traits and skills to be a dominant pass rusher and potential Pro Bowler," according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"He pursues the quarterback and the ball like it's his last snap. An alpha male packaged in an explosive frame, Ray has the traits and skills to be a dominant pass rusher and potential Pro Bowler. He also has the athleticism and strength to play in any defensive front," Zierlein wrote. While Ray's pro day served up mixed reviews for the Missouri prospect, Zierlein still has him ranked as his No.2 edge rusher in the draft. The 6-foot-3, 249-pound Ray may lack the ideal size that evaluators look for in a full-time defensive end, but is a strong and explosive athlete who projects best as a OLB.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 2:25 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler has heard concern from scouts about Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray's relatively thin lower body.

At his pro day last week, Ray posted a 4.52 short shuttle, 7.70 3-cone, and a 4.64 forty with a 10-yard split of 1.65 seconds. "The tape proves that he's a legitimate pass rusher," one high-ranking scout said. "But, he has narrow hips and thin legs so he's likely to struggle to add much weight and retain the quickness that he used so effectively off the edge. I don't know that he's a defensive end at our level. He looked stiff during the linebacker drills too. I'm not saying that he's not a first round pick, but he wasn't as impressive on the hoof as Beasley and isn't as polished as [Dante] Fowler so I have a hard time seeing him go earlier than either of them."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 22 - 9:00 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay has "cooled" on Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray as he's watched more game film on him.

"He has elite speed and first-step quickness for an edge rusher, but I haven't seen much of a power element to his game -- and when you look at the top pass-rushers in the NFL right now, almost all of them possess the ability to win with power," McShay wrote. "He has a great motor and was very productive at Missouri, but his sack totals are a little misleading, as a lot came against lesser competition." Ray now ranks as the No. 15 overall prospect on McShay's board. At one time, Ray looked like a top-10 lock. At this point, he looks more like a mid-first-rounder.
Mar 21 - 8:33 PM

Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray "is fast and very athletic, but many feel he's to[o] light to come out of a three-point stance and looked tight in his hips during drills," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

At his pro day earlier this week, Ray posted a 4.52 short shuttle, 7.70 3-cone, and a 4.64 forty with a 10-yard split of 1.65 seconds. He chipped in a 33-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. An NFC outside linebacker coach told NFL.com earlier this week that Ray "not like other guys from Missouri that we've seen" because of his blinding speed but non-ideal frame. Ray, a consensus All-American in his first season as starter, posted 14.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss last year.
Mar 20 - 8:43 PM

Missouri DE Markus Golden "looked terrific in drills and really impressed a lot of people" at the school's pro day, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"While he did not test as well as his teammate Shane Ray ... most felt he helped himself immeasurably today," Pauline added. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Golden, a Day 2 prospect, ran a forty in the 4.65s at the event. Golden was one of seven players in the country last year to finish with at least 10 sacks and 20 TFL.
Mar 20 - 5:05 PM


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